Comprehensive Mental Health Approach at New Trier

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New Trier High School provides numerous resources, interventions, and programs to support student mental health and to identify students who may be struggling. The school's comprehensive approach to student mental health includes six areas of focus adopted from the Jed Foundation , a nonprofit organization promoting adolescent emotional health and suicide prevention. This page outlines our approach, including links to relevant programs and other resources.

If you have a question about these services or are concerned about a student's mental health, please reach out to their adviser. If the situation is urgent, call 911 or go to an emergency room. Students also may access an on-call therapist 24-7 through Text-a-Tip at 844-823-5323, text TREVHELP.

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Comprehensive Mental Health Approach at New Trier:

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Comprehensive Approach to Student Mental Health-Six Areas of Focus

Identify Students at Risk

A key goal for New Trier is to connect students with both acute and chronic needs to mental health resources. Students who are struggling are identified in multiple ways. Our strongest resource for identifying these students is our emphasis on building trusted relationships between students and adults such as advisers, classroom teachers, support services, club sponsors, coaches, and other staff such as department assistants and security. We hope that students will disclose any concerns to these trusted adults, but we also know that adults who have built relationships with students can more easily recognize indirect behaviors that may indicate a mental health concern, including not being connected, academic difficulties, changes in behavior, or substance use. The following areas of the school help us identify students at risk:

Increase Help-seeking Behavior

Above and beyond our work to identify students at risk, it is important that we eliminate any stigma about seeking and receiving mental health support. Strategies include discussions in our health classes and Adviser Program, support through trusted relationships, drop-in programs that allow access to mental health services, and anonymous reporting sites to encourage referrals.

Provide Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Once students are identified or seek help, they should be connected to services that can best serve their needs. We have extensive internal resources dedicated to mental health support and have strong connections with outside groups. Our mental health professionals run support groups, connect families to other professional services, and provide individual counseling.

Crisis Services and Crisis Management Procedures

Schools need plans for students in crisis that provide close monitoring and immediate connections to resources. That monitoring needs to be a collective effort of a team including the school, the family, and other professionals and organizations. In response to an emergency, the school must be ready to work with the entire school community to process crises.

Develop Life Skills (to connect and to be able to weather tough times)

Healthy students must develop social-emotional skills so they can be connected to others, build strong relationships, and weather tough times. Our work with the CASEL model directs our efforts toward the development of self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.


Healthy students feel connected to other people and the activities that fill their day. They feel that they belong in our school, have an impact on their own lives, and find value in the relationships and activities that fill their day.